Thai Navy seeks submarine engine discussions with Chinese builder — Radio Free Asia

A People’s Liberation Army’s Navy (PLAN) Yuan-class submarine, in an undated photo. Credit: U.S. Naval Institute

The Thai Navy has renewed its efforts to discuss with Chinese manufacturers replacing the engine of a submarine it intends to buy from China, with canceling the contract a possible option that an analyst said would be “a blow to China’s defense exports.” Thailand’s military failed to make a decision about the submarine contract under

Expert on Chinese expansionism — Radio Free Asia

Satoru Nagao of the Washington, DC-based Hudson Institute, in an undated photo. Credit: Hudson Institute

Senior U.S. officials are traveling to India this week for talks among the so-called Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “Quad.” This grouping compromises Australia, India, Japan, and the United States and is widely viewed as a move by like-minded democracies to contend with an increasingly assertive China and its rising military power.  Mai Tran of RFA

China keeps up war games with anti-sub, sea assault practice near Taiwan — Radio Free Asia

Eastern Theatre Command of China’s PLA conducts a long-range live-fire drill into the Taiwan Strait, from an undisclosed location, Aug. 4, 2022. Credit: PLA Eastern Theater Command Handout via REUTERS

The Chinese military carried out anti-submarine and sea assault drills in waters around Taiwan on Monday, keeping up the pressure after major four-day drills an angry Beijing staged response to the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit last week, military sources said. China also announced a series of new military drills in the South China

Marcos promises to protect Philippine territories, boost economic recovery — Radio Free Asia

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. gives his first State of the Nation Address before lawmakers at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila, July 25, 2022. He laid out his plans for the country still reeling from the effects of the pandemic and soaring inflation. Credit: FOCAP POOL/Getty Images/BenarNews

In his first speech before the joint houses of Congress, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. promised on Monday to protect the Philippines’ territorial integrity from China, while also asking lawmakers to back programs for boosting an economy ravaged by COVID-19 lockdowns. The new Philippine president delivered his more than hour-long State of the Nation Address mostly

Marcos administration should drop China-backed loans for rail projects — Radio Free Asia

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte review troops during a welcoming ceremony for the Chinese leader at the Malacañang presidential palace in Manila, Nov. 28, 2018. Credit: Reuters

The new government in the Philippines should seek loans from other sources after China left three heavily promoted railway projects unfunded during Rodrigo Duterte’s entire six-year term, a top planner for the former president said. The lack of funds, announced by the Ferdinand Marcos Jr. administration last week, came as a surprise to the Filipino

Former Trump China adviser Miles Yu wants NATO to go global — Radio Free Asia

United States Naval Academy professor Miles Yu, a former China adviser to the Trump administration,  poses for a photo during an RFA interview in Livermore, California, Oct. 16, 2021. Credit: RFA

Historian Miles Yu, a former China adviser to the Trump administration, has called in a recent op-ed article for NATO to create a broader security alliance including the Indo-Pacific region, in a bid to stave off a Chinese invasion of democratic Taiwan. “There is an emerging international alliance, forged in the face of today’s greatest

Activists call on Marcos to pursue Philippine maritime claims against China — Radio Free Asia

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) and his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, cross paths at the Malacañang Palace grounds during the official handover ceremony, June 30, 2022. Credit: BenarNews/FOCAP pool

Filipino nationalists and activists pressed new President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to actively assert their country’s territorial rights, as the Philippines marked the sixth anniversary on Tuesday of an arbitration court’s ruling that invalidated Beijing’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea. About 50 activists assembled outside China’s consulate in Makati, the financial district of the

ASEAN states unlikely to choose sides between US and China, say officials and experts — Radio Free Asia

Cambodian Minister of Defense Tea Banh and Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian are seen swimming following Ream Base groundbreaking ceremony in Sihanoukville. Credit: Tea Banh’s Facebook page.

When Cambodia’s Minister of National Defense General Tea Banh was seen taking a leisurely dip in the Gulf of Thailand with Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Cambodian naval base being built with China’s help earlier this month, no one in the region batted an eyelid.  As U.S.-China friction is getting

‘We must stop Russia,’ Ukraine’s leader urges Singapore security forum — Radio Free Asia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore, June 11, 2022. Credit: Screenshot/BenarNews

The future rules of the international order are playing out in Ukraine’s war zones, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore as he rallied support for his country Saturday in its fight against Russia’s invading forces.   The Ukrainian leader appeared on a giant screen as he addressed delegates from 40 countries,

China will ‘not hesitate to start war’ if Taiwan declares independence, Beijing says

China will 'not hesitate to start war' if Taiwan declares independence, Beijing says

Issued on: 10/06/2022 – 17:41 Beijing will “not hesitate to start a war” if Taiwan declares independence, China’s defence minister warned his US counterpart Friday, the latest salvo between the superpowers over the island. The warning from Wei Fenghe came as he held his first face-to-face meeting with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on the

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